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Tag: Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Art Award


Tacoma artist and Puyallup member Shaun Peterson wins this year’s Foundation of Art Award


Shaun Peterson. Photo courtesy GTCF.
Shaun Peterson. Photo courtesy GTCF.

Shaun Peterson, a Tacoma print and sculpture artist who is a member of the Puyallup tribe, has won this year’s Foundation of Art Award. The award, in its 6th year, is given by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to recognize talent and community commitment among local artists. Peterson will receive the $7,500 cash award, and will also be commissioned to create a piece for the foundation, which will be unveiled in a two-month long exhibition at Fulcrum Gallery starting November 14.

“It’s a great feeling to have recognition in one’s community,” said Peterson in a press release. “It’s something I’ve longed for since my early start, and I am happy to receive this recognition from peers. Making art is often a place of solitude, so to feel a sense of appreciation helps address the time and effort that goes into the creative process.”

Among his other works, Peterson is perhaps best known for his “Welcome Figure,” the carved Native Northwest female figure standing 20 feet high above Tollefson Plaza in downtown Tacoma. Focusing on the art of his Coast Salish roots, Peterson also does painting, print and other sculpture, incorporating glass, metal and light.

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Foundation of Art Award highlights past and present winners at B2 Gallery in downtown Tacoma

Oliver Doriss, "Blue Moon." Courtesy photo.

Hard to believe that the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has been presenting its annual Foundation of Art Award for five years now, but it’s true – and the community-funding non-profit is celebrating the anniversary with a show at downtown Tacoma’s B2 Gallery spanning 40 nominees and winners from the award’s past five years. The result is a cohesive exhibit that skims over some of Tacoma’s best artists and their recent work, including this year’s winner glassblower Oliver Doriss.

Doriss’ piece is just to the left of the entrance, and it’s a bit of a surprise. Leaving his usual chunky vases and forms for a figurative 2-D work, the glass artist (and Fulcrum Gallery owner) has riffed on a moody, New Age-type landscape, with a circular glass blue moon rippling with silver metal and green enamel hanging over a triangular arch of brown “earth.” The arch gets sophistication from the thick, jagged edges, and the whole thing sparkles with a metallic, otherworldly sheen, but the size and serenity looks created for decorating a wall rather than the boldness of Doriss’ other work (this award is given on the basis of a body of work, not just one piece.) Read more »


Letterpress artist Jessica Spring wins Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Art Award

Tacoma artist Jessica Spring has been named the winner of the fourth annual Foundation of Art Award given by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Recognizing artists of talent who have given back to the Pierce County community, the award comes with $7,500 prize money and a commission, which Spring will complete by this fall.

A letterpress artist who works under the press name Springtide Press, Spring has exhibited in many local and regional gallery shows, collaborated with other artists, founded the letterpress/book Wayzgoose event at Kings’ Bookstore and teaches book arts at Pacific Lutheran University.

“Since she moved

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Greater Tacoma Community Foundation award winning art by Lisa Kinoshita now up at TAM


A new sculpture by Lisa Kinoshita, 2010 winner of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation art award, is now on display at Tacoma Art Museum through Jan. 16. The sculpture is a commissioned piece completed as part of the award.

Kinoshita’s sculpture “What You Own, Owns You” is made up of three “purses,” combining mixed-media Tacoma elements (Almond Roca candy, T-Town tokens) with Kinoshita’s signature media of natural elements (a clay skull, butterfly, pearls) in a work that speaks to consumerism and the intersection of nature and culture.

Says Kinoshita: “This work takes a stance toward possessions,

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Kittredge Gallery hosts best of Greater Tacoma Community Foundation award


There have been quite a few everyone-in-Tacoma art shows on lately – Fulcrum, Mineral, Brick House – but one of the best is up at Kittredge Gallery. Kittredge, based at the University of Puget Sound, has had a run of interesting shows since Tacoma Art Museum took over the programming, and curator Margaret Bullock – working with UPS folks, of course – has picked another good one.

It’s a display of all nominees and winners of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Art Award in the award’s three-year history. This results in a guest list of 25 artists, but

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Critic’s picks: Letterpress books at the Collins Library, chastity belts and art boudoir at Mineral, ArtWalk and award art at Kittredge

Make books at the Collins Library

Meet the artists and learn how to make tricky books, paper toys and paper party décor at the opening of a new books-and-letterpress exhibit at the University of Puget Sound’s Collins Memorial Library. The show features Purgatory Pie Press, a husband-and-wife team (Dikko Faust and Esther K. Smith) from New York who’ve shown at museums worldwide. Workshop 4-6 p.m. Aug. 13; exhibit runs daily through Oct. 1. Free. UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3669, http://www.pugetsound.edu/library.xml

Chastity Belts and Boudoirs on Puyallup Avenue

Art gets racy this month at the 301 Puyallup Ave. artspace.

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